No New “Assassin’s Creed” Game Until 2018?

In the wake of the disastrous reception for the mostly broken “Assassin’s Creed: Unity” and the subsequent poor sales for “Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate,” Ubisoft announced they were taking a year off this year from their annual entries in the franchise.

Fans have the new film to look forward to, but many have been wondering about when the next game in the series will hit. Turns out it may be further off than expected.

Ubisoft’s vice president of editorial, Tommy Francois, explained to IGN this week that we may not see a new main entry in the “Assassin’s Creed” or “Far Cry” franchises until 2018 at the earliest as the ‘alpha testing’ stage for the came will need to take place a full year before release:

“We believe Alpha for these games needs to be one year before release. We’re trying to achieve that. That’s super f–king blunt, I don’t even know if I’m allowed to say this. This is the goal we’re going for: Alpha one year before, more quality, more polish. So if this means biting the [bullet] and not having an Assassin’s game, or a Far Cry [in 2017], f–k it.”

Part of the reason for the delay is that both franchises are getting major overhauls for their next entries with the game studio taking completely different approaches to the way the games are made – including some major adjustments to the core of how players will interact, engage and progress through the game – a whole different control system.

The next game in the ‘Creed’ series is rumored to be taking place in Ancient Egypt.